The annual RSPCA ACT Million Paws Walk is back for 2018 on Sunday, May 20th, and this year, they are attempting to break another Guinness World Record by having the largest gathering of people dressed as dogs! That’s right! This time it’s not just all about the dogs; it’s also about those that love dogs and of course, their willingness to dress up like one!
The current record is set at 439 people and is held by an organisation in the United Kingdom. RSPCA ACT is confident that with Canberra’s help, they can beat the Brits!
Guinness World Record has very strict guidelines. Interested participants need to register before the 30th of April to join in on the record. On the day, all participants must be dressed in a full dog costume, head to toe, including headpiece with ears. Costumes must also be clearly recognisable as dogs at the discretion of the independent witnesses and Guinness World Records. The record attempt will begin at 10 am, with the final count occurring at 10:30 am.
RSPCA Chief Executive Tammy Ven Dange was excited about RSPCA ACT’s third attempt for a world record, “We earned the first world record by having the most number of dogs dressed up with bandanas. The second one came unexpectedly when our team rescued a woolly sheep named Chris in need of a serious haircut” (the weight of Chris’s wool set a new World Record at just over 40 kilograms!)
“This time we wanted to celebrate the animal lovers out there by getting the humans involved. After all, how can a person show more love than through their willingness to dress up like their favourite pooch? The dogs will be thrilled!”
If dressing up isn’t your thing don’t worry, It’s not mandatory! Costumes are only required if you want to take part in the record attempt. Otherwise, the annual Million Paws Walk will be business as usual with hundreds of thousands of people (and their dogs) walking to show their support for animals in need. Each year, the RSPCA has over 250,000 animals come through their doors needing care – together, that’s a million paws!
The Canberra Million Paws Walk is always a fun day out celebrating man’s best friend, and as the RSPCA’s biggest fundraiser, it also raises money to help RSPCA continue its vital work. With market stalls, live music and entertainment, loads of foods for you (and your pooch) to try, and exciting new doggie products to test out, it really is a great day out for the whole family (furry and otherwise). One notable change this year is that the location of the walk will be at Patrick White Lawns (grassed area next to National Library).
What: Guinness World Record Attempt – Largest Gathering of People Dressed Like Dogs!
Where: RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk 2018 – Patrick White Lawns
When: Sunday 20 May – 10 am
Website: www.millionpawswalk.com.au – to register and buy tickets